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  • Pandemic Positives? Event Venues Pivot for Public Good

    Convention centres have been hit hard by COVID-19, with many still seeing staff layoffs and rising budget deficits nine months into the pandemic. Although a coronavirus vaccine is on the way, there’s still a long road ahead as it may be summer or even longer until the vaccine is available to everyone. And then, even after the health crisis is under control, attendees may not flock back to in-person events, at least right away. As a result, venues are expected…

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  • Calgary’s BMO Centre Expansion Project Enters New Stage

    Work to expand BMO Centre at Calgary’s Stampede Park is entering a new phase with the completion of Exhibit Hall F — 100,000 square feet of exhibition space on the north side of the existing convention centre. “Over the past 18 months, our project team has made significant progress on the preparatory work required to support the successful delivery of the BMO Centre expansion,” says Kate Thompson, president and CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC). “While we’ve certainly…

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  • 10 Ways to Improve your Nonverbal Communication during a Virtual Meeting

    At the start of the pandemic, businesses rushed to move their in-person meetings and events online. The transition was so abrupt that many organizations did so without understanding, acknowledging or discussing the ins and outs of virtual meeting etiquette with their teams. In our digital-friendly age, it may be hard to imagine virtual meetings require such formalities, especially when they can feel as natural as speaking to someone in the same room. But it’s important to treat virtual meetings with…

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  • Survey: 2021 will be a Hybrid Year

    Nearly three-quarters of meeting planners are moving their face-to-face events to virtual or hybrid next year, according to the most recent Meetings and Events Pulse Survey conducted by Global DMC Partners. This despite the majority of surveyed planners predicting the return of in-person events in the first half of 2021, though 57 per cent believe events will be downsized in the future, with the largest events topping out at 250 attendees. A majority also believe average event attendee numbers will…

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  • Halifax Promotes Live Meetings as Industry Awaits Return

    Discover Halifax recently launched an initiative to help local and Atlantic bubble businesses and event organizers amid the pandemic. The Meet Again Halifax campaign and associated website includes tips and advice for hosting safe face-to-face events, as well as a list of trusted venues to help. “In a typical year, Halifax welcomes 5.3 million overnight stays who spend $1.3 billion locally. Business travellers attending meetings are an important part of this,” says Ross Jefferson, president and CEO of the city’s destination…

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  • Lessons Learned from Moving a Massive In-Person Event Online

    Taking the well-oiled machine that is Cvent CONNECT and transforming it into an entirely new experience wasn’t easy. From the initial pivot to getting buy-in, strategically designing the event to new technology considerations, Cvent’s director of meetings and events, Rachel Andrews, and senior manager of meetings and events, Paulina Curto, share lessons learned from moving the world’s largest event technology and hospitality conference online. The Digital Pivot While pre-event risk conversations occurred back in 2019, the decision to go virtual…

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  • New Platform Provides Enhanced Virtual Event Experience

    Mediasite Events has announced a complete virtual solution platform to take an event online. “(It’s) everything you need to keep the show going, despite COVID travel restraints,” says Joe Mozden Jr., CEO of Sonic Foundry, the maker behind Mediasite. “Virtual events are the new normal and even as the world starts to re-open, we believe it is forever changed.” The complete virtual platform allows users to expand reach with live or simulated live streaming. A technician works with each speaker…

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  • Do You Need Virtual Event Insurance?

    With more events making the switch to virtual, event organizers are having to deal with a whole new set of risks. Many of the factors involved in running in-person events still apply but there are others that you may not have considered. One area that’s often overlooked is insurance. So, I spoke with experts at Event Insurance Services Ltd. Here’s what you should know before taking your next event online. Insurance Coverage Traditional events have always required comprehensive insurance policies.…

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  • Exhibition Industry’s Largest International Meeting goes Digital

    The global association of the exhibition industry, UFI, has announced its worldwide conference will be digital-only this year. “Our members have been telling us they want to connect, learn and have the global UFI community brought together,” says UFI president, Mary Larkin. “Since COVID-19 will not allow us to do this face-to-face, we are moving online to host the most accessible UFI Global Congress ever. Quality content, flexible timings and accessibility — these are the best ways to serve the…

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  • Products to Help Attendees Physically Distance at Events

    Have you accidentally come within two metres of another person during COVID times? The answer is no doubt yes. People are social beings who seek closeness with others. It’s human nature and therefore bound to happen. So how can we help attendees comply with social distancing rules at events? While it’s an event planner’s responsibility to ensure a venue allows for physical distancing, simply having that space does not guarantee it will occur. Here are four products that can assist…

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